Boris Johnson admits face mask U-turn inspired by 'sensible' Scottish decision

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Boris Johnson has admitted the Government's U-turn on face masks in schools was inspired by Scotland's "sensible" move to mandate their use in communal areas.

Speaking during a visit to a school in the Midlands, the Prime Minister said the change in guidance, announced some hours after Nicola Sturgeon confirmed a similar move, would only affect "few and far between" schools in outbreak hotspots.

He added: "As they discovered in Scotland, where they've had the kids in for at least a couple of weeks now, what they found was that it was raining outside, people were coming in and they were congregating in the corridors and the move to face coverings they thought was sensible."

It comes after the U-turn was attacked by several Conservative backbenchers.

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